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October 29, 2015

Senate poised to move on debt limit, spending deal

Geof Koss, Daniel Bush and Manuel QuiƱones, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2015-10-29 06:43:22

Following House passage of the two-year budget deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last night set the procedural wheels in motion for bringing the bill up in the upper chamber. McConnell filed cloture on the bill (H.R. 1314), while also “filling the amendment tree” to prevent extraneous proposals from clogging up the bill. [ read more … ]

‘Just say no’ strategy appears to be crumbling

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-29 06:33:43

Twenty-four states have filed suit, up from the 16 that launched a pre-emptive challenge of the draft. Meanwhile the list of states “just saying no” is shrinking, not growing. The trend in many states is two-pronged — attorneys general file suit while environmental regulators and cabinet members grapple behind the scenes with compliance strategies. [ read more … ]

Feds: Almost three-quarters of states cut carbon emissions since 2000

By The Washington Examiner  •    •  Posted 2015-10-29 06:34:04

Nearly three-quarters of the states reduced their carbon emissions between 2000-13, according to a federal report. Thirty-seven states cut their emissions between 2000-13, according to an analysis of state-level carbon emissions by the Energy Information Administration, the independent analysis arm of the Department of Energy. The largest decrease came in Maine, which cut 27 percent. [ read more … ]

Google hints at an accelerated role for energy in its portfolio

David Ferris, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-29 06:34:25

Google — or rather, its newly created parent company known as Alphabet — is making energy a priority among its smorgasbord of ventures. On a quarterly earnings call held Thursday, Alphabet’s chief financial officer, Ruth Porat, said that the division known as “Access and Energy” is a foremost priority for growth among the company’s risky endeavors that are apart from Google’s core business of online search and advertising. [ read more … ]

Exxon’s conflicting concerns about climate change: A tale of 2 investigations

Malavika Vyawahare, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-10-29 06:34:45

Many environmentalists believe that the oil and gas major Exxon, now known as Exxon Mobil Corp., is on the wrong side of history when it comes to climate change. Two new investigations into the company’s early history of climate research have deepened the antagonism toward the company. In recent weeks, these probes into the corporation’s early climate research have painted a picture of a behemoth that not only led path-breaking research on climate, but in the process became aware of the financial risks to its own business from climate change decades ago. Then, it decided to take measures to protect its business interests while publicly claiming that uncertainty about climate change was too great to warrant immediate action. [ read more … ]

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